'Team player' Brett Kavanaugh sworn in again as US Supreme Court Justice

LEADING ARTICLEOctober 9 2018 12:01am The TimesMid-Term Blues Democrats should not bet on a dividend from the Kavanaugh nomination battle

LEADING ARTICLEOctober 9 2018 12:01am The TimesMid-Term Blues Democrats should not bet on a dividend from the Kavanaugh nomination battle

Kavanaugh heard his first arguments on Tuesday as a Supreme Court justice, following one of the most contentious confirmation processes in the country's history. And he pointedly noted that these activities followed last year's shooting of GOP lawmakers at a morning baseball practice by "a politically crazed gunman".

With Kavanaugh's ascension to the high court, Republicans, long dispirited by Trump's string of scandals and the prospect of losing their congressional majorities, are whooping it up. The judges may be forced to conclude "that intervening events have rendered the allegations moot or make remedial action impossible", said Arthur Hellman, an ethics professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

He said he would aim to be a force for stability and unity on the court, whose other eight members attended the White House ceremony.

What's unclear is whether GOP unity is enough to preserve the GOP power in Congress.

"This was just basically sending as strong a signal as we could as candidates to the members who are now in to say that we need to take on these issues upon the new Congress coming in", Ms. Slotkin said.

Nearly immediately after the Senate vote, Democrats felt the chill from faraway North Dakota.

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Trump said this week the U.S. had "made incredible progress" in dealing with North Korea, saying: "You've got no rockets flying ". While U.N. sanctions against North Korea don't ban tourism, they do place restrictions on bulk cash transfers, he said.

Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley says that if he's still chairman in 2020, the Senate will not move to fill any potential vacancy on the United States Supreme Court. She has consistently outraised Mr. Bishop; the race is rated a toss-up by the Cook Political Report.

Now it's a four-week race to tell the story.

"Trump called the protests "phony stuff" and even gave a special shout-out to the FBI's so-called investigation of Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault accusation against Kavanaugh", he said, adding, "Wait, is this the same FBI that's doing the 'witch hunt?' Because I thought they were... oh, never mind, nothing means anything anymore".

"Because I pledged that in 2016", Grassley said.

Trump used his introduction of Kavanaugh to slam the judge's opponents.

Trump is expected to spread that message over multiple campaign rallies, including this week in Iowa, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky.

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